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Saturday 25 February 2017

Free agent Barton re-signs for Burnley

Joey Barton
Joey Barton

Joey Barton has agreed to rejoin Burnley until the end of the season on a free transfer.

Barton has been working at the club's training ground since his release from an ill-fated spell at Rangers in November, and the Clarets announced he would rejoin Sean Dyche's side in January pending international clearance.

The 34-year-old spent last season at Turf Moor, playing a starring role in the Clarets' promotion as Championship winners, but turned down a new contract offer in the summer and instead signed for Rangers.

Though a contract to remain with Dyche's team for their top-flight tilt was on the table, Barton snubbed the offer to venture north of the border, stating at the time that the opportunity to represent Rangers was one "the competitive animal in me just could not turn down".

However, he appeared on just eight occasions for Mark Warburton's side before a two-month exile followed after a training-ground bust up in the aftermath of the 5-1 loss to rivals Celtic in September.

Jamie Vardy will miss Leicester's next three games after an appeal against his red card against Stoke was rejected by an independent regulatory commission.

Vardy was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Mame Diouf last Saturday.

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